Olympic champion signs up for Hampshire stage race

Dani King, left, with Laura Trott and Joanna Rowsell after winning Olympic gold on the track at London 2012
Dani King, left, with Laura Trott and Joanna Rowsell after winning Olympic gold on the track at London 2012
  • Wiggle Honda’s Dani King among the 70 contenders for Tour of the Milburys
  • Old Winchester Hill time trial to launch 10th anniversary race
  • Fareham Wheelers and Portsmouth North End also represented
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Dani King will be the star attraction at the 10th annual Roy Ludford Tour of the Milburys on Saturday.

The 24-year-old, who claimed a gold medal on the track at London 2012, has entered the two-stage Hampshire road race hosted by Team Axiom.

Riding in the colours of her Wiggle Honda team, King will be among 70 category two and three contenders bidding for glory.

The race begins in Meonstoke with a 6km time trial.

The first competitor is off at 10am, with the course finishing on the top of Old Winchester Hill.

Action then concludes with a 110km road race, which starts at 2pm.

The second stage features seven laps of the Owslebury circuit near Winchester, with the overall winner decided on cumulative time.

King, who hails from Hamble and began cycling with i-Team in Portsmouth, returned to competitive action with Wiggle Honda last month following her recovery from a career-threatening crash in training last November.

The three-time track world champion tackled the EPZ Omloop van Borsele and Dwars door de Westhoek last month before finishing 22nd in the Festival Luxembourgeois du cyclisme féminin Elsy Jacobs last week.

NFTO rider Matt Rowe, King’s partner and brother of Team Sky star Luke Rowe, is also in the Tour of the Milburys field.

Portsmouth North End’s Andrew Carter will be the second rider off in the time trial tomorrow morning (10.02am).

The category two racer is fresh from 15th spot in the Surrey Cycle Racing League’s three-day stage race.

Portsmouth-based VC St Raphael are represented by David Billings, James Champken and Ashley Hutchinson.

Fareham Wheelers will also be represented in the two-stage race with Brendan Drewett flying the flag for them when he sets off on his time trial at 10.12am.

Prize-giving will take place in the Meon Hall, with spectators welcome.

However, supporters have been asked – in the interests of rider safety – to only make their way around the course in a clockwise direction.

For more information on the race and the courses, visit teamaxiom.co.uk